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Geographic distribution of Universities in Canada

Here’s an interesting map I decided to put together – it’s a geographic distribution of Universities in Canada. The list was obtained primarily from Wikipedia, but displays only the classified public Universities. This means that tiny private establishments, obscure schools that are not really listed anywhere, and colleges that grant degrees are not visible. At least not yet. Still, all the major Universities should be on the map.

Map of Universities in Canada

It should come at no surprise that the southern Ontario holds the bulk of academia. Higher population density and a technology driven economy easily support more academic choices. After all, a University is a business as well.

Students growing up in south Ontario might take their University choices for granted, but it’s interesting to point out that outside of this central core one must move to the closest major city in order to pursue higher education. Even further, often outside of the province, just to have some more choices to consider. It could be tough, but then again it’s probably worth it to not simply settle for the closest school.

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  1. Posted by Paul Butler | August 10, 2007, 9:50 pm

    Cool map. The maritime provinces actually appear surprisingly dense compared to the rest of Canada, but I guess it is just the small (physical) size of those provinces.

    It seems like 9 of every 10 students in my graduating class who are going to university or college are staying in province. I have to admit, it has some advantages (especially financial), but I would feel like I was missing out if I stayed in my hometown for my education.

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  2. Posted by Tony | August 11, 2007, 12:32 am

    Yup, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are fairly densely packed as well, due to their limited geographical area.

    And students staying in-province was one of the points I was hinting at in the article (thx for bringing it up!). Not every hometown comes with a University. In fact, outside of a few select areas, chances are that a student would have to move anyways. I then urge students to consider Universities further away, at least for the sake of an educated choice.

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  3. Posted by Billy | August 17, 2007, 10:02 pm

    perhaps you should show where the top universities are located too? that would be quite interesting

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  4. Posted by Tony | August 17, 2007, 10:58 pm

    That would be interesting, but how would you establish which Universities are “top”? The largest University is not necessary the best in Computer Science or Arts. Though I am working on a guide that’s more comprehensive than a map – stay tuned.

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